2023-2024 / LING0005-1



30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : French as a foreign language (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


François Provenzano

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Sociolinguistics aims to describe and explain society through the study of language practices and discourse, in context.

The course is designed as an introduction to the problems and methods specific to this field of study. It consists of two main parts :
- The first offers a brief history of the birth and current developments of sociolinguistics, through the presentation of the main concepts of the field, through three main problematic fields: social variation of language, contacts between languages, linguistic policies.

- The second part of the course consists of a collective inquiry on a current topic in sociolinguistics.



Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, students will be able to: - recognise and understand the dynamic of the history of ideas, which saw the emergence of questioning the links between language and society, and particularly the emergence of sociolinguistics as a scientific discipline; - recognise the specificity of the sociolinguistic perspective of language and to identify the main problems of this point of view; - define the main concepts seen in class and apply them to simple cases; - participate in a collective inquiry in sociolinguistics.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Good oral and written command of French. Knowledge of general linguistics would be an advantage.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

At first, lectures, with discussion between teacher and students. At the start of each session, students can ask questions about the preceding session.

Then, the course will proceed as a seminar, focused on the following current topic: inclusive writing and the debates on the feminization of language.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

No syllabus is proposed. Students will take notes in class; their presence is therefore compulsory.


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Assessment will consist of an individual written exam, based upon each of the two parts of the course: the "ex-cathedra" lessons, and the collective inquiry.

Participation in the collective inquiry will be taken into account on the global rating.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course will take place on 2nd Term only, on Fridays, from 11AM to 1PM, classroom A2/6/11.

Resumption: Friday 9th February 2024, 11AM.

Change made: from an oral exam to a written exam.


François PROVENZANO, Professeur

Département de Langues et littératures françaises et romanes
Service de Sciences du langage et rhétorique
Place Cockerill, 3-5, bât. A2, 4000 Liège.
Tél. : 04 366 56 45
Mail : Francois.Provenzano@uliege.be
Surgery hours: mercredi 9h30 - 11h, bureau A2/4/4

Ariane Nusgens : 04 366 56 50

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